Inequalities In Health And Social Class This essay aims to explain the relationship between health and social class inequalities. And compare at least two of the sociological approaches or theories into understanding what adverse effect they have on public health. There has been a number of studies that have tried to explain the difference in health in relation to the social classes of individuals or a group of persons. Inequality being the degree of difference between individuals or a group of people to another. As in this case, these health differences between those in different social classes will be looked at.
Social class can affect one’s life expectancy, how healthy one’s lifestyle is, how one speaks and converses, how one dresses and presents themself and even who ones friends are. “Some of the best kept secrets longevity and good health are to be found in one’s social, economic and cultural circumstances. The largest gap lies between the richest and the poorest. But the middle classes are also affected. The lower one is situated on the lower hierarchy” (Barr, 2008:2).
In order to improve the nation’s health and end the disproportion in health care to vulnerable populations, the social determinants of health must be addressed foremost in order to achieve an understanding of the issues that are affecting so many Americans and what must be done in the fight toward equality in the U.S. health care delivery system. All of the social factors are a part of a cycle, one affecting the other. Elements of each social factor influence the others in a specific way. These social factors mainly affect the underserved populations of racial and ethnic minorities, women and children, rural residents, the uninsured, homeless peoples, mental health patients, patients with chronic illness or disabilities, and HIV/AIDs patients. In the U.S., social factors are associated with lower overall health care usage and access (Shi & Singh, 2010).
Health as a Social Construction In my essay, I aim to find out why social construction affects the health of our society. Ill health may be defined as 'a bodily or mental state that is deemed undesirable'. This means that health is the condition of the body both physically and mentally. Social construction of health refers to the way health varies from one society to another. Social construction refers to the statistics like the morbidity and mortality rate of our society.
The aim of this essay is to examine the relationship between social class and health inequalities. There has always been an association with the relationship between health and social class. Social class is a complex issue that may involve numerous factors, such as physical fitness, race, gender, status, wealth, culture, housing, background, education, mortality/morbidity and employment. The relationship between class and ill health is not simple. It should be noted what is meant by health.
How Social Support in Relationships Affects One's Health How Social Support in Relationships Affects One's Health A person's social interactions and relationship networks are often considered in evaluating one's health and well being. Many studies have shown increases in mental and physical health to be strongly related to the amount of social support available in a given situation. An often used definition or theory of social support comes from the work of Cobb who thought of "Social support as information that would lead a person to believe that he or she is cared for and loved; that he or she is esteemed and valued; and that he or she belongs to a network of communication and mutual obligation" (1976). Among this definition social support includes structural aspects of relationships, the existence of social ties and their interconnections. Social ties include, marital status, the number of relationships we have, the number of groups and organizations we have memberships in, and the amount of contact we have with family and friends.
The introduction is well organized. It gives some background information relating to the link between women’s mental health and the oppression women are confronted with in health care practices. Due to the oppressive practices women endure in healthcare, the reader gets an understanding of why the feminist principles are being used more in health care practices and research as a remedy. During the introduction, the author briefly explains how she chose eight articles from nursing journals and examined key statements made from each of the eight authors that conformed to feminist criteria. This was helpful to the reader during the introduction in understanding what criteria the author was examining before reading the analysis.
Kaiser Family Foundation (2009). HIV/AIDS Policy: Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States. Retrieved from http://www.kff.org/hivaids/upload/6092-07.pdf * Carefully explore what each patient believes about his or her health, what would be appropriate treatment, and who should be involved in medical decision making. * Vulnerable Population and Self-Awareness Paper * DUE WEEK TWO * * Consider the following statemenCarefully explore what each patient believes about his or her health, what would be appropriate treatment, and who should be involved in medical decision making. * t: All people have biases and self-awareness is the key to understanding how these biases affect the delivery of health care to individuals, families and populations.
Discuss how inequalities in health may exist in relation to social class and health provision This essay will start with exploring what health inequalities are and expand how inequalities are affected in relation to social class and health provision. Within this essay it is going to look at various theories and reports that explain how inequalities was developed and how it still exist today. World health organisation (2012) defined health inequalities as differences in health status or in the distribution of health determinants between different population groups. Health inequalities stem from inequalities in people's early life experience, their education and occupational status, exposure to lifestyle and the environmental risks and diseases to which their life courses predisposes them. People in disadvantaged groups and areas tend to experience the poorest health but health inequalities exist across the population as a whole (Department of Health, 2007).
To understand the link between health and illness, the physiological,psychological and social aspects of an individual's life must be taken into account. This project will be based on specific issued relating to nursing practice which I identified during placement. While (2002) states that effective communication is fundamental to effective consultation and appropriate environment which support privacy and confidentiality. Bate (1999) observing patients, allowed me to notice the distressing situation that the patients was which make them feel uncomfortable which have effects on their social, physical and psychological among older adult with mental health illness. During my observation in placement I found it to be more applicable to older adult complaining to the nurses how constipated the feel.